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John Seigenthaler

John SeigenthalerAKA John Lawrence Seigenthaler

Born: 27-Jul-1927
Birthplace: Nashville, TN
Died: 11-Jul-2014
Location of death: Nashville, TN
Cause of death: Cancer - Colon

Gender: Male
Religion: Roman Catholic
Race or Ethnicity: White
Sexual orientation: Straight
Occupation: Editor, Government
Party Affiliation: Democratic

Nationality: United States
Executive summary: Tennessean editor, RFK aide

Military service: USAF (1946-49)

The Justice Department's chief negotiator with the Alabama government during the 1961 Freedom Rides. At one such ride in Montgomery, AL, Seigenthaler attempted to rescue a woman from a Klan mob, only to be attacked.

Brother: Thomas Seigenthaler
Wife: Dolores Watson (m. 1955, one son)
Son: John Michael Seigenthaler (NBC Nightly News anchor)

    High School: Father Ryan High School, Nashville, TN
    University: Peabody College

    USA Today Editorial Director (1982-91)
    The Nashville Tennessean Chairman (1982-91)
    The Nashville Tennessean Publisher (1973-82)
    The Nashville Tennessean Editor (1962-73)
    US Justice Department Assistant to Robert F. Kennedy (1960-62)
    The Nashville Tennessean (1949-60)
    American Society of Newspaper Editors President (1988-89)
    Committee to Protect Journalists Advisory Board
    Council on Foreign Relations
    Freedom Forum Co-Founder, First Amendment Center

Author of books:
A Search for Justice (1971)
The Year of the Scandal Called Watergate (1974)
James K. Polk (2004)


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